A BAIRRO (lit. quarter , Portuguese pronunciation: ) is a community
or region within a city or town of
Mozambique , Guinea-Bissau
Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries or territories.
Regions referred to as bairros exist in most major Brazilian cities.
Related English words include: "neighborhood " or "district " and
"borough " or "subdivision ". "Bairro" as a Portuguese word is cognate
with Germanic berg, burg, borg, burgh, borough (etc.) and Spanish
barrio , all of which descend from the same
Proto-Indo European root.
Brazil , the word is frequently applied to urban areas in cities,
in which the bairros are generally defined only unofficially and have
rough borders, without any official administrative function. In some
cities, however, the bairros have defined territorial limits set by
the municipal government, but most follow popular definition by its
Portugal , the word is used with the same meaning as in Brazil,
defining a non administrative urban area, frequently without clear
borders, an example being the
Bairro Alto in
Lisbon . Occasionally, a
Portuguese bairro can coincide with an administrative freguesia (civil
parish). In the past, the cities of
Lisbon and Porto were divided in
large administrative divisions - each encompassing several freguesias
- which were also named bairros.
Mozambique , bairros are administrative subdivisions of urban
districts with important functions in the identification of the
residents and determine the attributes of the area in regard to
construction or agriculture, much like zoning . They are directed by
Guinea-Bissau , bairros are first of all the peri-urban quarters
of the capital Bissau beyond the old city centre (Praça), e.g. Bairro
Bairro Militar, Pessak, Quelele, Luanda, Mpantcha, and by
extension quarters of smaller towns throughout the country.
Bairro Alto in Lisbon.
Portuguese terms for country subdivisions
* Distrito federal
* Historical subdivisions in italics.
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